BA (Hons) in Journalism Studies


Program Description


The digital age has transformed the way news is reported and consumed, with more media platforms available than ever before. A degree in Journalism Studies from the University of Stirling equips you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you’ll need to make a mark in this rapidly-evolving arena.

With over 30 years of experience in researching and teaching journalism, the University of Stirling has established a reputation as one of the UK’s top institutions in the field. This course covers both theoretical and practical aspects of journalism and offers an in-depth, critical understanding of the practice. You’ll work individually and in groups to write articles and prepare portfolios; create pages for print and online news; produce and edit visuals; and contribute to class blogs. Everything you do will deepen your understanding of how professional journalists operate across broadcast, online and print media – and by the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to take your place among them.

Guest lecturers from the media regularly visit the University to share their knowledge with you directly, and respected broadcaster Jon Snow has described our media department as “a breed apart”. Join us to fulfil your ambitions in journalism, and you’ll soon find out why.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Get real experience of writing, editing and filming, and create a portfolio to showcase your talents

#2 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

#3 We’re ranked in the Top 15 in the UK for Communication and Media Studies (The Complete University Guide 2018)


Lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations are the main teaching methods on the course, and you’ll take part in live reporting assignments whenever possible. Journalists and editors from a range of newspapers and broadcasting organisations also contribute guest lectures and seminars.

The annual Hetherington Memorial Lectures have featured distinguished journalists such as John Lloyd, Jon Snow, Roy Greenslade, Jonathan Freedland, Sheena MacDonald, Elinor Goodman and former editors of The Guardian.


The degree is assessed by means of essays, examinations, individual and group practical assignments and a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.

Work placement opportunities

We make sure your Journalism degree includes opportunities to build a portfolio and gain relevant work experience. You’ll get practical experience in workshops throughout your studies, and you can add to your portfolio by working on a student newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station.

There’s also a specific work placement module on the course that allows you to gain valuable experience and make contacts within the industry. Students have undertaken placements with:

  • The Daily Record
  • The Sunday Mail
  • The Herald
  • The Scotsman
  • Edinburgh Evening News
  • Central FM radio
  • The Oban Times
  • The Alloa Advertiser
  • BBC
  • Channel Four
  • Sky

Study abroad

As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Tom Collins

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Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £12,140
  • Scottish and EU students: £1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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